Manukau Courier : February 11th 2014
10 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 NEWS www.manukaucourier.co.nz Construction work: Jim Smith of Wattle Downs and Keith Butler of Somerville level tables as they reassemble an EnglishOOgauge track in the basement. Giant hand: A train is placed back on its tracks at the Auckland Central Model Railway Club in Mt Wellington. Photos: SIMON SMITH By SIMON SMITH A love of miniature locomotives draws enthusiasts together once a week to their two-storey clubrooms. They come from as far Older model: A Boston and Maine Railroad steam locomotive. as Whangaparaoa and Bucklands Beach to the Auckland Central Model Railway Club premises in Mt Wellington. Club secretary Allan Walters says the 21 members range from young to old and employ skills from wood, metal and electrical work to microchip programming and kitset assembly. ‘‘As far as a hobby Train for a Career in Support Services At our Auckland CBD Campus Community support professionals are the heart and hands of community health, providing care to people within a health and disability setting. WelTec has now made it easier for you to start your career in community support with training offered in Auckland CBD, one day per week (in class), for 17 weeks. The National Certificate in Health, Disability, and Aged Support (Core Competencies) (Level 3) starts 03 March and 14 July 2014. For more information contact Millie Tapusoa on 0800 935 832. 0800 WELTEC WWW.WELTEC.AC.NZ Derailed: Allan Walters of Dannemora and John Kernohan of Meadowbank put trains back on track after a collision. All aboard: Model freight trains await drivers in the shunting yard. Boys’ toys: Twelve-year-old Simon Roberts of Greenlane watches a Tranz Scenic passenger train. goes, it’s got something for everybody,’’ he says. Thomas Hurst, 12, of Bucklands Beach is a new member and his favourite part of the club’s layout is the shunting yard, even though it is not yet finished. ‘‘All the people here Go to manukaucourier. co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see the trains in action. are just friendly and I just love the way that people work so hard to make it so detailed,’’ he says. Mr Walters says the hobby is great for fathers and sons and new members are always welcome. People interested are invited to just turn up on a club night. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The Auckland Central Model Railway Club meets at Vic Cowen Park, 174 Penrose Rd, Mt Wellington, on Thursdays at 7pm. ❚ Visit acmrc.org.nz for more information. Powerful engine: A diesel winds its way around the track.
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